Next Tour Date Is March 24
Learn About Community Blood Services Lifesaving Programs
PARAMUS, NJ - Community Blood Services' next Life Shared, Life Saved presentation and tour will be held Thursday, March 24 at its Paramus Donor Center.
Community members are invited to attend this hour-long event beginning at 6 p.m. at 970 Linwood Avenue West to learn firsthand about the lifesaving programs and services offered by Community Blood Services in partnership with its generous volunteer donors and dedicated staff.
"Every day Community Blood Services is helping to save lives in our community," said Karen Ferriday, director of community affairs. "Not only do we supply blood and blood products to dozens of hospitals in New Jersey and New York, we also recruit volunteer donors for bone marrow transplants and collect and store umbilical cord blood for stem cell transplants throughout the world."
For more than 50 years, Community Blood Services, which has donor centers in New Jersey and New York and runs mobile blood drives throughout the region, has been meeting the transfusion needs of its community. It is home not only to the New Jersey Cord Blood Bank (NJCBB), New Jerseyï¿½s only not-for-profit public umbilical cord blood bank, but to the Elie Katz Umbilical Cord Blood program, a private storage program with clients worldwide.
In addition, The HLA Registry at Community Blood Services is one of the worldï¿½s leading independent bone marrow registries, dedicated to the recruitment of volunteer marrow and blood stem cell donors for more than 20 years.
Future tours, held on a Thursday each month, will be held at 6 p.m. on May 19, June 23, July 28, September 22 and October 27. Tours will also be held at 8 a.m. on April 28 and August 25. Call 201-705-1669 if you are interested in attending an upcoming presentation.
"It is important that the community gets to know us, their community blood center, so they better appreciate why we need their help to ensure that blood and blood products are always available when needed by critically ill or injured patients, which could include them or their family members," Ferriday said.
"We welcome anyone to stop by one of our presentations whenever they can find the time to hear how they can help save lives and see the impressive work being done by our dedicated staff and volunteers," Ferriday said. "We are working hard to spread the word in our community about all we offer to help save lives, and welcome feedback from participants after the tour."